William A. Grage, 84, of Mellen, passed away Saturday, Jan. 18th, 2014 at Mellen Manor in Mellen, surrounded by his loving family. Bill was born Feb. 15th, 1929 in Highbridge, the son of William C. and Lillie (Kleinsteiber) Grage. On June 10, 1961, he was united in marriage to Etelka H. McKay in Mellen. Bill was a millwright in the lumber industry for many years. He enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling, tractors, watching westerns, his grandchildren and visiting with family and friends, especially mailman Joe.
Survivors included his wife of 52 years, Etelka, of Mellen; sons, John (Cindi), Pete and Dan (Cyndi) all of Glidden; daughters, Theresa (Alan) Conley of Mellen, Diana (Fred) Beil of Glidden and Linda (Humper) Hill of Glidden; brother, Roy (Sau) of Highbridge; sisters, Louise (Robert) Schraugnagel of Marengo, Alice (Toby) Tobisch of Highbridge, Margaret Rebella and Doris Grage of Mellen; grandchildren, Mary Jane (Jeremy Patterson) Grage, Paul (Casey Schutte) Conley, Bradley (Alexandra) Grage, Tim (Alexandra Peacock) Rein, Brandon (Danielle Spacek) Conley, Krystina (Vallis Fisher) Conley, Brian Hill, William Hill and Danny Grage; great-grandchildren, Alivia Elza, Trinity Conley, Xander Ford Conley and Kyle Grage; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Paul and Robert, and one sister, Lillian.
A memorial mass for Bill will be held at 11am on Saturday, Jan. 25th, 2014 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Mellen with Father Shanthi Reddy Mandapati as celebrant.
A gathering of family and friends will begin at 10am on Saturday at the church in Mellen and continue until the hour of service.
Spring interment will take place in the Cayuga Cemetery, Cayuga.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Mountain Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Mellen and Ashland.